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Reflection on a Liberal Arts Education

Abstract: As an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, I have the opportunity to speak with parents and students about an education in the liberal arts tradition. Within our general education curriculum, we emphasize quantitative and qualitative skills, communication, critical thinking, world cultures and a foreign language. Additionally, as someone who attended a liberal arts institution as an undergraduate, I often reflect on how that educational foundation has helped me as a scientist and educator.

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